Sharp DVRW250X

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Sharp DVRW250X
  • Sharp DVRW250X
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  • Sharp DVRW250X
  • Expert Rating

    2.00 / 5

Pros

  • DVD recording, quick recording and dubbing

Cons

  • Frustrating user interface and menu navigation, overpriced

Bottom Line

The DVRW250X is marred by a confusing and irritating interface.

Would you buy this?

The DVRW250X is perfectly capable when it comes to recording to and from both DVD and VHS. Recording TV to either medium, or dubbing titles between them, takes no more than the touch of a button. Default recording modes (four for DVD, two for VHS) are adjustable via the inbuilt menu system.

The rest of the recorder isn't as functional. The menu system is badly designed, with confusing sub-categories and a decided lack of advanced features and settings. There are several features missing from the menu system, including dubbing (which is only available via a button on the remote) and channel scans. This made the DVRW250X a frustratingly difficult device to operate.

The only video output available is SCART (the player comes with a SCART adapter for composite), and digital audio output is limited to coaxial. AV and S-Video inputs are available on the front of the device.

Its interface and menu system may be poorly implemented, but the DVRW250X's recording could not be faulted. At its price, however, we would expect more. Were it to cost less, or perform better, the Sharp DVRW250X might be a smart buy, but as it is, there are other products that come much more highly recommended.

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